The New England Patriots actually face the legitimate possibility of playing the 2020 season without Tom Brady under center now that the soon-to-be 43-year-old is an unrestricted free agent that could leave Mass. for a team with better offensive weaponry. While a return to New England is still expected, there are a few quarterback needy teams that will make a run at him. Not all of them, however, would be wise destinations for Brady.
5. New England Patriots
This one make all the sense in the world, provided they get him some more toys on offense. The Patriots could start their franchise quarterback search in 2021 after one more year of Brady lining up under center for a team still capable of making a deep playoff run. Quite frankly, this is how he should go out. Would it look right if Derek Jeter played for the Tigers? If Kobe Bryant played for the Magic?
4. Tennessee Titans
If Brady is intent on leaving, why not go play for one of your former teammates in Tennessee's Mike Vrabel? Provided the Titans get Derrick Henry back, Brady would get a top-three running back, a terrific head coach and offensive coordinator, and a plethora of offensive weapons on a team built to start winning now. If New England doesn't want him back, and Tennessee doesn't retain Ryan Tannehill, the Titans are the best place for Brady.
3. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts tried to pass off Jacoby Brissett as a franchise quarterback, but he was quickly exposed as a solid starter/bridge quarterback and nothing more. Brady in a Frank Reich offense that got career years out of Brissett and Andrew Luck could be a fun watch, but the Colts could use any three of their top-50 picks on a quarterback while letting Brissett start this year. It would be a weird move for the Colts, who are not close to a Super Bowl, to put their future on hold for one year of Brady.
2. Los Angeles Chargers
Why not replace one old, immobile, declining quarterback with another? Philip Rivers won't be back next season, and there is rampant speculation that Brady, a Calif. guy, could head to the Chargers, a team with a stacked roster that could compete for a division crown. It makes sense on paper, but the Chargers offensive line is currently five turnstiles with different jerseys on. Until their biggest flaw is fixed in a dramatic way, joining a 5-11 team with no offensive line is a strange fit for a quarterback in TB12's situation.
1. Las Vegas Raiders
This one makes no sense. The Raiders are nowhere close to competing for anything worthwhile, they owe Derek Carr a lot of money over the next few seasons, and they have been one of the most poorly-run organizations in the league over the last few years. Brady would essentially be joining Las Vegas to sell tickets, as his personality mixed with the fiery, animated Jon Gruden and the dysfunctional Raiders would end very messy.